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Aug 23, 2012 01:04 PM

are CHILES EN NOGADA available anywhere yet?

are CHILES EN NOGADA available anywhere yet?

I'm usually in Mexico this time of year, and I'm craving them!

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  1. Local pomegranate season starts around October.

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      1. re: donnachow

        Search them as "chiles en nogada", they are coming soon.

          1. re: donnachow

            Fly to Puebla, MX and you can have them now. The best. The walnut harvest is as important as the ripening of the pomegranates, which coincide now in central Mexico, through September.

      1. re: foodeye

        First we need sightings of local pomegranates. That's usually later around here -- so we don't get chiles en nogada at their traditional time in Mexico around the holiday El Grito de Independencia, September 16, this Sunday.

        1. re: foodeye

          Places that use imported produce might have them. Call La Torta Gorda in SF or El Huarache Azteca in Oakland.

          1. re: foodeye

            Try Guaymas in Tiburon. They're on their menu on-line.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  Poblano en Nogado
                  Two chicken & raisin stuffed poblano chiles served with a creamy walnut sauce 16.95

                  though the menu pdf is dated May 15th!

                  1. re: drewskiSF

                    Yeah, I saw that. Don't know how often they update their menu online, so it's probably best to call the restaurant to confirm.

                    1. re: drewskiSF

                      Guaymas' yelp reviews mention this dish in various months when local pomegranate isn't available.

                      I'm glad to see (below) that La Torta Gorda has the dish now. When I've eaten it there, I've watched them scoop out the seeds right before topping my dish.

                      1. re: hyperbowler

                        It's trivial to put pomegranate seeds in the freezer and have them available all year round. Not recommending it, mind you. My preference is to keep seasonal treats seasonal. But it's not a stretch to have them on the menu in May.

                        1. re: hyperbowler

                          Last year, La Casita Mexicana in Bell, CA told me that they are now able to source fresh pomegranates year-round to keep the house specialty on the menu.

                          1. re: Melanie Wong

                            La Casita's version remains unsurpassed in my limited survey of perhaps 7-8 other places. cheers.

                            1. re: moto

                              I wouldn't call that limited! La Casita incorporates a great deal of dried fruit and sweet spices, including the elusive biznaga, so it is pretty candied in flavor as well as complex. And the pecans add a richer, less bitter note to the cream sauce than walnuts. Here's my photo, but I didn't seem to jot any notes in the caption, so can't say much more about it.

                              But, I'd say that my own version is best. A good shot of fine amontillado sherry as the cooking wine adds an elusive extra something. :)

                              1. re: moto

                                Yes, I agree about La Casita's chiles en nogada. Best I've had north of the Mexican border

                                I tried the the Guaymas (Tiburon) version too, very unauthentic. What do you expect from a place whose menu says en nogado (ISO nogada), chili relleno (ISO chile relleno), pescado veracruzana (ISO veracruzano or a la veracruzana)

                  2. La Torta Gorda at 2833 24th St in San Francisco currently has multiple signs in their windows saying Chile de Nogadas.

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                    1. re: jillyju

                      Their Chile en Nogada is wonderful. I guess they found some pomegranates.

                      1. re: Thomas Nash

                        California pomegranates at Monterey Market today, Not Wonderfuls and the one I bought was pale and tart but they're here now.

                        1. re: wolfe

                          I saw pomegranates at Farmer Joe's this weekend as well, but did not note where they came from.

                          1. re: wolfe

                            they appeared for the first time this season at our local certified farmer's market last Sat. some of the vendors have stuff from as far south as Ventura county(where harvests of various crops go continually year-round), so the pomegranates might have seen a bit of travel.

                      2. Thank you donna. Never heard of them before but based on your request found a homesick Texan's recipe and made it. Fabulous success.

                        1. muchas gracias to all who have replied!
                          I agree, keep it seasonal.. makes it special...
                          will hit Torta Gorda as soon as I can!